It’s the last Thursday of September already!! That went by so quick. And because its Thursday, it only means one thing … Blogger in Focus! Today’s feature is a friend who started blogging while she was still in the Philippines. I am actually a fan of hers. The first event that we went together, I asked her if she could do my eyeliner which she happily obliged. I, however, was so giddy! HAHA! Follow her so you’ll see why I’m a fan. 😀
Location: Dubai, UAE
Blog: I am Brigitte
How did you start blogging?
I started blogging when I started getting addicted to makeup. I wanted to keep a journal of my progress with my addiction; I mean my makeup skills, so I decided to put up a blog. I’ve posted my everyday makeup looks and the comments I got from readers got me inspired. I first thought nobody was reading my blog until I started getting comments and even emails.
What do you write about?
Mostly it’s about stuff (makeup, skin care, services) that I’m using and/or tried. But I also write about food, travels and well, anything I just want to blab about.
Any tips for new Bloggers?
- Write from the heart and don’t let stats be your motivation for blogging. Not unless of course if your blog is your business. In my case, I blog because I want to share my thoughts and experiences on things I’ve tried and would love to try, so I don’t really worry about traffic or panic that I would lose readers if I haven’t posted for a while. I even hate it when I feel obliged to update my blog.
- Don’t EVER equate blogging with getting freebies. If you decided to put up a blog just because you are after the loot bags from brands, then you’re in for a big disappointment. On everything, you have to work hard first. I started getting gifts from brands on my 3rd or 4th year of blogging. And up to now, most of the stuff I blog about were bought with my own money. What I’m trying to say is, even with blogging, you have to establish a name first before brands notice you. Be passionate with whatever that you do, be it in blogging or not, and rewards will come after.
- Have a niche, or at least have one usual topic in your blog. It can be about beauty, travel or food. As long as it’s anything you see yourself writing mostly about. This way, it’s unlikely that you’d be running out of something to write about.
What are the challenges you face with blogging?
Mainly, it’s the time. Since my day job can be demanding, I’d be usually dead tired when I get home. And on weekends, I’m either resting or busy with my wifey duties. In blogging, you don’t just have to have something to say, but you should also have photos or even videos. And these photos or videos need editing too. All these take time. And that, I don’t have much these days.
What do you do outside of blogging?
I have a (boring) day job. LoL!
Blogs you recommend my readers should read/follow?
If you’re new here in UAE and would love to check out some places and you don’t know where to start, I recommend Lady’s blog. I love reading through her sweet escapes with her hubby and how sincere she is with each of her posts. If you’re after what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not in anything about beauty, check out Temptalia. She has amazing product swatches and her reviews about products, bought by herself or provided for by brands, have always been unbiased.
Name 3 Random Facts about you.
- I am a homebody. I may not look like one but I really am! Ask me what an ideal weekend for me is and I’d say “at home!” without batting an eyelash.
- I’d choose sleep over eating. I guess that’s how sleep-deprived I am these days.
- I am scared of the dark. Who isn’t!?